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Mail delivery depot hard at work to clear strike backlog

SA Post Office (Sapo) employees at the Boksburg Mail Delivery Depot claim that they have been working very hard since late last year, to clear the backlog caused by the recent long-running postal strike.

However, some Boksburg residents insist that they continue to experience mail delivery delays, despite the end of the strike, late last year.

The three-month-long wage strike followed almost two years of intermittent postal strikes.

According to one senior Sapo employee, based at the Boksburg Mail Delivery Depot, who spoke on condition of anonymity, employees are working seven days a week to clear the backlog of mail.

The employee predicted it would take a couple of days for the backlog to be dealt with, but he was confident that things will return to normal very soon.

“Most workers have returned to work since the strike ended last year,” he said.

In a statement, Sapo welcomed the end of the strike in November, last year.

“The end of the SA Post Office strike is a pleasing outcome and should be applauded, given the negative impact the strike has had on the country,” said Dr Simo Lushaba, leader of the intervention team appointed by Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, to stabilise the SA Post Office.

“We thank all the unions, the Minister and other parties who contributed to the outcome,”

The end of the strike follows intense negotiations with the three labour unions forming part of the post office bargaining unit: SA Postal and Allied Workers Union (Sapawu), CWU and the Democratic Postal and Communications Union (Depacu).

“While we are encouraged by the end of the strike, it should also be put across to all affected parties that, under our watch and going forward, the SA Post Office will no longer tolerate any interruptions to its operations due to strikes, which do not fall within the ambit of the applicable labour dispensation of this country,” Lushaba added.

-@FanieBoksburg

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